Australian Tea Tree Industry Insights

I spoke with Tony Larkman, CEO of the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association, about the nonprofit he heads, his own introduction to essential oils, and issues facing the essential oils industry and tea tree oil in particular. Tony Larkman was born and raised in Kenya. After travelling extensively through Africa, Europe and the Middle East [...] [...]

Florian Birkmayer: aromatherapists & psychiatrist

Florian Birkmayer, M.D., founded the Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and addiction medicine as well as seminars and workshops on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation and continued self-development. This approach has been inspired by C.G. Jung’s ideas about Individuation, which is the journey of the limited ego [...] [...]

Aromatherapy: the big picture

In September 2010 I gave two presentations at an IFA conference in Tokyo. One of them was called: Forty years of aromatherapy evolution: 1970-2010. There were 475 attendees, and I suspect this was the largest aromatherapy conference ever held. You can see some photos here. After the conference, I went to the office of the [...] [...]

Essential oils and chemical ecology: interview with Kelly Ablard

I met Kelly when I gave a talk in April 2011 in Sidney BC, for the British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists . Kelly is on the BCAPA Board and is working on her PhD dissertation in Chemical Ecology at Simon Fraser University. She recently returned from Java Indonesia, where she conducted research on slow [...] [...]

Ron Guba on essential oils and skin cancer

During my mini-tour of Australia in October 2010 I interviewed Ron Guba in Melbourne. Some of this interview is shown above, in which Ron talks about his use of essential oils to treat very small, early-stage skin cancers or pre-cancerous lesions. These were not cancers that required urgent medical intervention. The main types of skin [...] [...]

Essential oils in soap: interview with Kevin Dunn

Special thanks to Ken Harper of tendigitgifts.com for making this interview available in Spanish: Este entrevista en EspaƱol! Kevin M Dunn has a PhD in Chemical Physics and is currently the Elliott Professor of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. His book, Caveman Chemistry, brought him to the attention of soapmakers and he subsequently directed a [...] [...]

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